Thanks to the GoPro Video Camera and similar technology, now we can watch all sorts of crazy near-death, kinds of feats. If you’ve been living under a rock for the past 6 months and somehow missed this burgeoning phenomenon, GoPro makes waterproof, indestructible, mountable HD video cameras. Now surfboards come with mounts for a camera, aimed right at the surfer, so the camera can catch the surfer’s every move. A kite surfer or sky diver or just about anybody can mount one of those things just about anywhere and catch footage of their big moment. I’ve even seen skiers attach them to the end of a ski pole and point the camera toward themselves in order to catch the magical instant of powder meeting face in the camera’s lens. And quite often the footage is good.
But I’ve always been a little snarky about GoPros. I mean, who wants to look like a Teletubby? (I’m talking to you Chair 6, orange pants, not-that-great-of-a-skier, Go Pro guy.)
Most skiing GoProers mount the camera to the top of their helmets. The aparatus adds a good 6 inches to one’s height, the clearance for which must be taken into consideration, especially when getting into a gondola cabin on a busy morning after you’ve gruffly jammed your too-wide skis into a slot and the long line is snaking around the corner of the lodge. That’s when you want to remember to duck so the expensive, mounted camera doesn’t snap off and go skittering across the wet plaza, bouncing between ski boots and bits of ice. I’m just saying, if you want to hang with the big boys, you might want to consider your added height.
But this video changed my mind about all that.
Watch Matthias Giraud’s dual GoPro (one pointed forward and one pointed backward) capture of an amazing jump of a cliff. This guy is the real deal.